A key strength of the MPA Education and Outreach Initiative is the breadth and depth of experts on marine protected areas and ocean conservation that are involved in the project. Several important PowerPoint presentations explaining the purpose, design, and scientific basis for MPAs are assembled below. They may be used to increase your understanding of the concepts or to augment your outreach and training sessions. The presentations are provided in Zipped PowerPoint and PDF formats. Please do not distribute without credit to the author(s).
A scripted presentation that can be adapted and given to various audiences. Topics covered include: 1) the statewide network, 2) science of MPAs, 3) special communication tips for talking about MPAs, and 4) opportunities to get involved and support MPAs.
Kaitilin Gaffney – Director, Pacific Ecosystem Protection Program/Ocean Conservancy
California’s Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) Initiative – basic information, goals, MPA designations, scientific guidelines, and about the Central Coast subregion.
Rick Starr – California Sea Grant Extension Program/Moss Landing Marine Laboratories
Results of two research projects designed to monitor and compare sites within MPAs to sites outside of MPAs:
Meg Caldwell – Center for Ocean Solutions, Stanford University
About the Center for Ocean Solutions and the Pacific Ocean Scientific Consensus Statement project. Scientific community addressing major threats to Pacific Ocean, finding potential solutions, and expressing urgency to nations of the Pacific.
Dean Wendt – SLOSEA Director/Associate Professor, Cal Poly State University
Similarities and differences between ecosystem-based management (EBM) and marine protected areas (MPAs).
The organization developed several educational and outreach pieces with information about Marine Protected Areas. Specific materials include: a new brochure, laminated cards for docent-led walks, an augmented website, and a Power Point presentation for docent training purposes.
The organization developed and presented a sixth “WOW” program focused specifically on MPAs in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary to elementary and middle school students on the central coast, with a specific focus on Salinas. The products represent visual, creative, and affordable tools for connecting youth to marine animals and their habitats.
MALT is a multifaceted community outreach template designed to supplement a variety of existing California State Parks educational and interpretive opportunities with Marine Protected Area specific content. The programs are tailored with site-specific information that addresses local outreach needs while targeting specific MPA user groups, key stakeholders, school groups, and the general public.